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After a grueling 20 Round Spelling Bee which lasted to over 250 words, Simola Nayak from Henderson Middle School was named the winner after spelling "tautologous".  Simola is 13 years of age and in the 8th grade.  Her opponent is a familiar competitor who she ha sparred with in the past.  Andalib Malit Samandari is from the same district, same age, same grade, yet attends Renfroe Middle School.

*Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) The one student who emerges from this inspirational contest will be crowned the Georgia Association of Educators' (GAE) State Spelling Bee champion and will represent the state in theScripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 27-June 1, 2012.